Memo to SECDEF

by David Hackworth -- Mr. Secretary, as the war chant builds, I hope you'll accompany me on the journey of frustration and disappointment an extraordinary West Point graduate endured until he resigned more…

America: Count your dead

by David Hackworth -- "Medic, Medic, Medic" is a battlefield cry every warrior who's been to hell and back will never forget. It means a brother is down, and the widow-maker is more…

Protect homebase first

by David Hackworth -- Iraq is dead center in our commander in chief's cross hairs. While the trigger hasn't yet been squeezed, our forces are on the march, and soon a giant more…

The enemies from within

by David Hackworth -- If George W. Bush gives the order to take out Iraq's Root of Much Evil, at least a platoon of newspaper reporters, editors and publishers – Palm Pilots more…

A waste of the best and bravest

by David Hackworth -- Special Forces soldiers, the U.S. Army's finest, are similar to other true-grit warriors – Marines, Rangers, SEALs, Air Commandos, fighter jocks and gunship pilots. Like their two-fisted brothers, more…

Set the record right

by David Hackworth -- Much of the U.S. press corps covering our military seem to work overtime reinforcing Hiram Johnson's on-target comment, "The first casualty when war comes is truth." Perhaps I more…

Pampered Perfumed Princes

by David Hackworth -- "Blood and Guts," "Whiskey Bob," "Hanging Sam," "Iron Mike" and "Vinegar Joe" were just a few of the nicknames our troops affectionately hung on their generals way back more…

The safest airport in the world

by David Hackworth -- Twenty-four U.S. airports in four weeks might be an easy gig for a rock-'n'-roll star, but for me, it was like being on a hot LZ. Last month, more…

An open letter to members of Congress

by David Hackworth -- Dear Honorable Congresspersons: One of your vital tasks is to ensure that our warriors who hang it all out on the killing field are equipped with the right more…

No bad units, only bad leaders

by David Hackworth -- The 10th Mountain Division sure isn't the same tough outfit I saw in Northern Italy at the end of World War II, nor the squared-away unit I spent more…